Ode To Hela

ODE TO HELA*

Spectral poet days past and buried in the mud,
Dramasis III, Prince of Ancient Egypt,
Priest of Thoth, Devourer of the Crypt,
Floats silent unmarked rivers of blood.

Ripped down the curtains in the time of flood
In a frenzy, as flamenco pangs of separation gripped;
Repetition winging homeward as the bark was stripped:
The death of each treasure producing a new bud.

Slowly now he floats, the tide is sure;
Time’s destruction indestructibly pure;
Now is the step from your last to your first breath.

Open-handed she came, lost-legged she went,
Back to the sundered land from whence she was sent;
Hela, the Green Queen, Goddess of Death.
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* Hela is a fictional character, the Asgardian goddess of death in the Marvel Comics universe, based loosely on the Norse myths of the goddess Hel.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Poetry, Sonnet, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Lovely poem. Something of a sonnet- very difficult. Kudos! 🙂

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  2. Robert Graves, the 20th century English poet, believed that all true poetry had as its starting point an aspect of the goddess in it. This modified Italian sonnet has all of the markings of a true poem in that sense, sending shivers contemplating the destruction and continued existence of the goddess down our spines.

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  3. Really liked it! Especially the ending, which was simply put: Brilliant

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  4. “Slowly now he floats, the tide is sure;
    Time’s destruction indestructibly pure;
    Now is the step from your last to your first breath.”

    A pensive moment, my friend. Well constructed and beautifully put. Thank you for sharing this

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